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  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- The U.S. dollar slipped against major currencies on Tuesday on expectations that the Federal Reserve would take a cautious tone on monetary policy, while a slide in oil prices pushed the Russian rouble to new lows and boosted the safe-haven yen. "That the FOMC sounds dovish either in the statement or the press conference is certainly a risk to the...

  • Lockheed to settle suit over retirement accounts Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Lockheed Martin Corp. agreed on Tuesday to settle a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the aerospace and defense behemoth of mismanaging the investment accounts of its employees and retirees, charging the investors high fees along the way. Lockheed Martin had countered that such claims "are false," and it was "committed to defending against the...

  • Nordstrom fires worker over police killings post Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:22 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Nordstrom has fired a sales associate who made a statement about killing police on his Facebook page. Nordstrom spokeswoman Tara Darrow said the department store chain does not tolerate violence, violent conversation or "threats of any kind." Hodges said a manager from the downtown Portland store called him Friday to say people were calling...

  • Boeing breaks ground on new St. Louis venture Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:58 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Boeing's latest venture in St. Louis opens up new possibilities for the region, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and a Boeing vice president said Tuesday. Politicians and civic leaders joined Boeing officials for a groundbreaking for the plant that will make parts for Boeing's new 777 X passenger aircraft.

  • LA mayor plans 7,000 police body cameras in 2015 Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a plan Tuesday to equip 7,000 Los Angeles police officers with on-body cameras by next summer, making LA's police department the nation's largest law enforcement agency to move forward with such an ambitious expansion of the technology. Los Angeles police commission President Steve Soboroff said he estimated the...

  • Black leaders speak against Missouri levee project Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— A levee project in the Missouri Bootheel region would increase the flood risk in predominantly black communities in Illinois, several government and civic leaders of those communities said in a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday. The New Madrid Floodway project was first proposed in 1954 as a means of protecting an area of rich Missouri...

  • Black Captain America leading comic book diversity Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they are more and more reflecting the true hues of American society. Society has changed, so superheroes— at heart a reflection of life in the United States— have to as well, said Axel Alonso, editor in chief at Marvel Comics, who in November debuted Captain America No. 1 with Samuel Wilson, the first African...

  • ST. LOUIS— Express Scripts Holding Co. is looking for another chief financial officer less than a year after Cathy R. Smith joined the pharmacy benefits manager from retail giant Wal-Mart. Express Scripts said Monday after markets closed that Smith no longer serves as executive vice president and CFO, but she will continue to work for the St. Louis company into...

  • Robin Williams tops 2014 list of Google searches Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google. Other topics of worldwide intrigue on Google included the addictive smartphone game "Flappy Bird," bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, the Middle East extremist group ISIS, the hit Disney movie "...

  • Family of executed Ohio inmate sues expert witness Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:57 AM ET

    Dershwitz said Ohio had jeopardized his standing with the American Board of Anesthesiology in a news release it issued about the Jan. 16 execution of McGuire because it implied he consulted on the execution method, which is prohibited by the national board. The family also added drug distributor McKesson Corp. to the lawsuit, saying the company distributed...

  • James Patterson donating to independent bookstores Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Thanks to a holiday windfall, Left Bank Books in St. Louis plans to install a security system and possibly update its phones. Strand Book Store in New York City is looking to sponsor field trips that will bring in students from low income neighborhoods. Since 2009, core membership of the American Booksellers Association, the trade group for independent...

  • DENVER, Dec 12- Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale, whose international reporting took him from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan to covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri, has been found dead in Colorado, officials said on Friday. In an obituary posted on the Fox News website, the network reported that Di-Natale's death was a suicide, citing the...

  • Dec 12- Raymond James& Associates, a branch of Raymond James Financial Inc, said it hired two advisers from the advisory unit of Wells Fargo& Co.. Father-and-son team Erwin and Terry Bry, and sales associate Lori Fugate previously worked at AG Edwards Inc, which was later bought by Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo was not immediately available for comment.

  • Dec 12- Health insurer Centene Corp forecast better-than-expected sales and profit for 2015 as it signs on more Medicaid members. The company, which provides services to government-sponsored healthcare programs, said it expects to earn $5.05 to $5.35 per share next year. It also forecast premium and service revenue of $20.3 billion to $20.8 billion.

  • Belden to buy cybersecurity firm Tripwire for $710 mln Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 10:36 PM ET

    Dec 9- Belden Inc, a maker of networking and cable products, said it will buy Tripwire, a Portland-based cybersecurity firm, for $710 million. Belden and Tripwire, a Thoma Bravo LLC company, worked together previously in September to improve infrastructure cybersecurity in manufacturing organizations. Shares of St. Louis- based Belden shares closed at $74.92 on...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- A spending bill agreed by lawmakers from the U.S. House and Senate provides $554.2 billion in funding for the U.S. military in fiscal 2015, including $1.46 billion for 15 EA-18G electronic attack jets built by Boeing Co. Boeing lobbied hard for funding to extend its St. Louis production line for EA-18G Growlers, which had been due to end at the end...

  • H&R Block slips after missing 2Q forecasts Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 9:28 AM ET
    Tax preparer, left, helps a woman at an H&R Block office in San Francisco.

    H&R Block reported fiscal second-quarter results that fell short of Wall Street expectations, sending its stock lower in after-market trading.

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 8- My daughter learned this little ditty in preschool: "You get what you get, and you don't get upset." "Families can't really lose anything by asking... but they need to go into this with their eyes wide open," said Martha Savery, spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Education Financing Authority and a former financial aid director for Harvard Graduate...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- About 30 seconds into an appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall, lawyer Paul Clement was interrupted by a question. It came from Justice Elena Kagan, and it cut to the heart of his case. The exchange illustrates the familiarity that distinguishes a handful of lawyers from more than a thousand other attorneys who have appeared before...

  • And the state with the cheapest gasoline is... Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 2:36 PM ET
    A gas station attendant fills a customer's vehicle in Turnersville, N.J., Dec. 4, 2014.

    The gap between the most and least expensive U.S. state in average gas prices is the widest in 10 years.